False Indigo Plants

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Asked by Anonymous on July 15, 2011
False Indigo

Will it hurt to cut my false indigo back before fall? Due to all the rain and high winds, it has gotten really sloppy and I can’t keep it upright at this point. I have tied it up, but the wind is pushing it over and covering other plants in that flower bed. I love the plant and will deal with it if I can’t cut it back.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It should be okay to go ahead and cut the plant back, provided it has finished flowering. I would only perform a light pruning at this point, however, and then resume in fall or it might even be better to wait until spring, depending on your region's winters.

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Asked by elizabethdostie on June 4, 2015
What Is This?

I planted this perennial in Maine 2 yrs ago. I have no idea what it is. Does anybody? Thanks.
Elizabeth in Central Maine

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Downtoearthdigs
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Asked by nooch1 on September 14, 2015
Removing False Indigo Out of Garden Bed

I need to remove a false indigo out of a garden bed. I cannot get the root ball to budge. I made an error in planting and it has taken over the bed. Any suggestions?

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jeriholland

I don't know if you are organic or not, but you can clip the stems down close to the ground then carefully dap some Round up with a paint brush on each cut stem

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Asked by loislinke on September 29, 2015
Planting False Indigo Seeds

I recently harvested false indigo seeds from a pod (in SE Nebraska). I read your article about how to plant them, but I’m not sure about the term “hardened seeds.” If I wait until spring to plant the seeds, would they be considered fresh or hardened?

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shelley
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If you wait until spring to plant the seeds would be considered hardened. If the seed is sown immediately after harvesting it will sprout right away - stored seed is much slower to germinate and some kind of means to breach the hard seed coat is necessary.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 23, 2017
Pruning

Can I cut back false indigo?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Asked by Anonymous on August 19, 2017
Cutting False Blue Indigo in Summer

My False Blue indigo has grown so big ,it is drooping over other plants and cutting off sunshine. Can I safely cut back the indigo to eliminate crowding?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, it is possible to prune now although you will be removing active foliage, so try not to cut back too harshly to avoid harming the plant. You can thin out the stems within the plant, and shorten some of the longer stems as needed to get light to the other plants within the plant. You may want to use mulch to protect the plant during the winter if there's not much foliage left.
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/baptisia/cutting-back-baptisia.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on September 22, 2017
Planting False Indigo Seeds

Your info talks about taking fresh seeds, soaking them and planting them. Do I need to save them over the winter, or can I plant them now in Sept.?

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Downtoearthdigs
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

The method described in the article is designed for seeds that will be planted in spring. So you would store the seeds over the winter, then go through the scarification, cold stratification, and soaking procedure in the early spring, then plant them. However, it is also possible to simply plant the seeds in the ground, right out of the seedpods in the fall, and let nature take care of the cold stratification and soaking for you. They should sprout in the spring.

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